If a certain food is good for you, why not eat it every day?
Yeah, you might get bored if you ate the same vegetable, for example, every day. And after a few days your taste buds wouldn’t enjoy that vegetable as much as before.
But you’d be really healthy, right? Not necessarily.
Getting plenty of variety in your diet is not only psychologically healthy. It’s physically healthy as well. Even the most nutritious fruit or vegetable contains only a certain amount of nutrients.
The pros of eating the same foods everyday
An NBC television station recently asked a nutritionist to weigh in on the subject of eating the same food everyday. She had some interesting thoughts I’d like to share with you.
On the plus side are:
- It creates healthier habits. Eating the same healthy foods everyday forms a habit that can do you much good over a long period of time. Research shows that those who engage in five or more healthy lifestyle habits live nearly 10 years longer than those who don’t.
- It may reduce calorie intake. People tend to eat more when they are eating different kinds of food. Considering that nearly two-thirds of Americans are overweight, calories are an important nutritional statistic to watch.
- It can save money. Although one analysis found that eating healthy foods costs about $1.50 more per day than eating unhealthy foods, eating the same healthy foods everyday can help your wallet because you can buy in bulk.
- It reduces stress. Planning a wide variety of healthy meals over the course of a week or more for yourself and your family can be time consuming and stressful. When you eat the same foods everyday, you don’t even have to think about your meal plan.
The cons of eating the same foods everyday
While a couple of the advantages to eating the same foods everyday might make some sense, the nutritionist’s “downside” comments about this activity far outweigh the upsides.
Here are a couple of her key ones:
- It limits the nutrients you eat. “Consuming a wide variety of colorful fruits and vegetables ensures that you get an abundance of different vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals in your diet,” she said. Orange vegetables such as carrots and sweet potatoes will provide plenty of fiber, Vitamin A and Vitamin C, but one will miss out on Vitamin K, folate and lutein found in dark green vegetables such as kale and broccoli.
- It’s not great for gut health. New research is suggesting that limiting diet diversity may be bad for one’s gut. A more varied diet can lead to a rich and diverse microbiome, which are key indicators of a healthy gut.
Eating a variety of foods leads to greater bacterial diversity in one’s gut. That diversity can be crucial to keeping weight in check and keeping some health conditions at bay.
Here’s what the director of the Energy Metabolism Laboratory at Tufts University said.
“No one food has all the nutrients we need in the optimum amounts, so eating a variety of food means you are much more likely to get enough of each one.”
Variety, taste and nutrition all in one kit
OK, so we’re all probably convinced by now that variety in one’s diet is important. But what if we’re suddenly in a situation where it’s impossible to get that variety?
If we’re dealing with an emergency, we might not have access to the variety of foods we did before. And that could be true whether we’ve hunkered down or bugged out.
One option for gaining considerable versatility, taste and mega-nutrition is the Black Bean Burger Mix Kit from 4Patriots.
There’s great variety with this item. You can use it to make meat loaf, chili, beefy nachos, tacos, enchiladas, casseroles and more.
It’s an easy choice
They say that variety is the spice of life. And it’s also a very important factor in our dietary health.
Take a closer look at our Black Bean Burger Mix, right here.